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It’s not always easy to tell whether or not your cat needs to visit the veterinarian.

Although cats are known for being needy, they are actually stoic creatures, and they are incredibly adept at hiding signs of pain or sickness. This makes it difficult to know when your cat is sick or hurt. At Sun Valley Animal Center, we are best known for providing pet surgery for the residents of Salt Lake City, Boise, Spokane and Billings, but we can handle all aspects of your cat’s care. The following is a list of warning signs that your cat may need to visit the veterinarian:

#1. Changes in Eating Habits

If your cat has suddenly started meowing for more food, it doesn’t mean that he or she is just fat. It could be a sign of a problem, such as diabetes or hyperthyroidism. Any changes in your cat’s eating habits should be taken seriously as they can indicate a number of health issues.

#2. Foul Breath

Your cat’s breath will probably never smell minty-fresh, but if you notice that your cat’s breath is foul, it could be a sign of dental issues or other issues, like kidney problems.

#3. Absence of Grooming

Cats are, by nature, very clean animals. If your cat has regularly groomed himself all of his life, and suddenly, he stops, it could be a sign of an issue, such as dental disease or arthritis.

Would you like to learn about more warning signs that your cat needs to see the veterinarian? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.